Each day, a quote, an image, several questions and a writing prompt are offered to you to use for Your Blogging, Writing & Creative Inspiration in order to increase your creative thinking as well as your personal and soulful development.
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Quote: "My bursting heart must find vent at my pen."
I looked up "vent" in the way Abigail Adams meant it. Here is the definition:
the expression or release of a strong emotion, energy, etc.
How often do you allow yourself to "vent" on the page?
What would happen if you gave yourself permission to "vent" about the good stuff, not only the whiney stuff?
Think about recent conversations with others. When was the last time someone you knew vented to you negatively? What was the story?
How about the last time someone you knew vented to you positively and passionately? What was the story?
Make a list of 5 to 10 things you are looking forward to in the next twelve months. If you can't think of that many, use your imagination and perhaps set some intentions. Don't limit yourself just let it go!
Imagine, for a moment, you are a tea kettle that needs to vent about 3 to 5 experiences in the last twelve months.
Now, make a list of those three to five experiences. If you can't come up with any ideas, just tuck the tea kettle thought in the back of your mind and before you go to sleep ask yourself again. When you wake up (or as soon as you are sitting in a place where you are able), write down whatever flows off your fingers.
Traditional Writing Prompt:
If I allowed myself to vent completely about what I want to vent about, it would sound something like this:
Choose one of the items off your list above and write about it as if it has happened and you are reporting back to your best friend. Allow yourself to imagine it with all your senses and emotions. Vent vent vent vent vent in your biggest most luxuious way.
Spend three to five minutes simply gazing at the photo. Next, free flow write for at least five minutes about what you noticed, felt, recognized in yourself while gazing at the photo.
Gaze at the image while meditating on one of the questions or prompts. Next, free flow write for five minutes without forethought or planning.
One helpful strategy is to read the quote, questions, prompt and list and not to "take them on" all at once, but to allow them to simmer in the back of your mind throughout the day. Sure, you may "write" one immediately, but don't call it "done" until you have allowed your powerful subconscious mind to bring up some unexpected responses for your conscious mind to create within.
Remember, though - there are no rights and wrongs, there is only showing up for your life and your creativity. Brava for being here!!
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Julie Jordan Scott is a writer, performance poet, Mommy and mixed-media artist. Her word-love themed art will be for sale at First Friday each month in Downtown Bakersfield. Check out the links below to follow her on a bunch of different social media channels, especially if you find the idea of a Word-Love Party bus particularly enticing.
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